National Day of College Preparation Offers Free Workshops, Clinics for Students Seeking Higher Education

October 20, 2006

The NAACP, in partnership with The Princeton Review Foundation, Random House publishers and other partners, will host the 10th Annual NAACP National Day of College Preparation in 14 cities nationwide on Saturday, Nov. 11 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

During the college preparation clinics, the Princeton Review Foundation administers a free practice SAT test and diagnostics, score improvement strategies, and provides take home test preparation books donated by Random House. Separate workshops will help parents understand the admissions and financial aid process.

"This partnership with The Princeton Review, Random House and others creates a critical platform for parents and students seeking to increase their chance of acquiring a college degree and reaching educational excellence," said NAACP President and CEO Bruce S. Gordon.

"The Princeton Review is proud to join the NAACP in a decade of providing free college workshops for students who might not otherwise have access to this information," said John Katzman, CEO of The Princeton Review. "Our data proves that preparation is the key to SAT success, and our techniques help unlock the confidence that help students score their best."

The New York Times has reported that only 50 percent of all African-American, Latino and Native American students graduate with a high school diploma. "Initiatives like the NAACP Day of College Preparation are one way of providing the motivation to graduate from high school and go further," Gordon added.

Although geared for sophomore and junior high school students, all secondary education students are encouraged to attend a clinic in their area.

The 10th Annual NAACP National Day of College Preparation clinics will be held in Atlanta, Washington, D.C., Jamaica, N.Y., San Francisco, Baltimore, Detroit, Kansas City, Dallas, Houston and Garland, Texas, Columbia, S.C., Memphis, Baton Rouge, Ft. Lauderdale, Miami and Tallahassee, Fla.

Food Lion will once again sponsor breakfast for participants in the college preparation clinics while Yum! Brands Inc., which includes Pizza Hut, KFC, Taco Bell and others, will supply lunch.

The college preparation clinics will be coordinated and co-hosted by NAACP Youth & College Division chapter members and volunteers.

Online advanced registration is required to attend the clinics. To register or for more information visit the NAACP's website at: www.naacp.org/youth or click on the "National Day of College Preparation" banner found on the NAACP's home page.

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The Princeton Review (Nasdaq: REVU) is a pioneer in the world of education. Founded in 1981 and headquartered in New York City, The Princeton Review offers classroom and online test preparation, as well as private tutoring, to help students improve their scores on college and graduate school admissions tests. The company's website, www.PrincetonReview.com, helps over half of university-bound students research, apply to, prepare for, and learn how to pay for their higher education; and helps hundreds of colleges and universities streamline its admissions and recruiting activities. In addition, The Princeton Review works with school districts nationwide to measurably strengthen students' academic skills. The Princeton Review also authors more than 190 print and software titles on test preparation; college and graduate school selection and admissions; and related topics.

Food Lion LLC is a subsidiary of Brussels-based Delhaize Group (NYSE: DEG). Food Lion LLC operates 1,300 supermarkets, either directly or through affiliated entities, under the names of Food Lion, Bloom, Bottom Dollar, Harveys and Reid's. These stores meet local customer needs and preferences for the freshest and best quality products. Food Lion LLC employs approximately 73,000 associates in 11 Southeast and Mid-Atlantic states.

Yum! Brands Inc. (NYSE: YUM) based in Louisville, Ky., is the world's largest restaurant company (in terms of system restaurants) with over 34,000 restaurants in over 100 countries. For the past three years, the company has been recognized as one of Fortune Magazine's "Top 50 Employers for Minorities." It also has been recognized as one of the "Top 50 Employers for Women" by Fortune, one of the "Top 30 Best Companies for Diversity" by Black Enterprise Magazine, one of the "Corporate 100 Companies Providing Opportunities for Hispanics" by Hispanic Magazine and by BusinessWeek as one of the "Top 15 Companies for In-Kind Corporate Philanthropy."

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